Short Stories: The Long and the SHORT of It

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Monday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom 

“A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage”. Short stories are one of the oldest types of literature and are a growing and important aspect of contemporary literature. We will learn about significant and influential contemporary short story writers, read and discuss short stories, compare them to one another, discuss how they are written, and how they reflect today’s society.

Each participant will present a short story from a selected book of short stories (“The Best Short Stories, The O.Henry Prize Winners, 2023” and Canadian short stories, to be determined). Everyone is expected to read the story being presented so we can engage in a lively and thoughtful discussion.

Facilitators

Thea Herman (theaherman1@gmail.com) is a retired judge, lawyer, and senior civil servant. In addition to her activities at the Academy, she enjoys playing flute in a band and learning Spanish. Thea has co-facilitated workshops at the Academy on dance, pandemics, psychology and reading. She looks forward to exploring the world of short stories with other booklovers.

Yvette Matyas (ymatyas5351@rogers.com) studied undergraduate psychology at McGill and worked for over twenty years in healthcare administration. She has co-facilitated workshops at the Academy on architecture, ageing, birds, dance, pandemics, art, psychology and reading. She looks forward to exploring the world of short stories with other booklovers.

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